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6 Chinese Superstitions You Do Not Know!

作者:纽带中文

Today let's talk about superstitions that some Chinese people might have! Those things have no scientific basis, but most people like to believe.


Before you read the full article, guess first: what do you think is the most widespread superstition?


1. 左眼跳财,右眼跳灾 (zuǒ yǎn tiào cái, yòu yǎn tiào zāi)

Twitching left eye indicates fortune, and twitching right eye indicates bad luck.


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If your left eye keeps twitching, then congrats, you might get a fortune soon! If your right eye keeps twitching, stay cautious (nope, let's only focus on the positive side).



2. 打喷嚏说明... (dǎ pēn tì shuō míng...)

You sneeze a lot recently? Someone must be missing you!


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This is also a Chinese superstition. We think sneezes mean something. "一想,二骂, 三念叨。四声五声要感冒。"


This saying means, if you sneeze once, it means someone is missing you.


If you sneeze twice, it means someone is cursing you.


If you sneeze three times, it means someone is talking about you.


But four or five times or even more? Haha you might just caught a cold, get some hot tea or visit your doctor!



3. 握筷子的远近 (wò kuài zi de yuǎn jìn)

Where do you hold your chopsticks?


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If you hold your chopsticks by the middle of them, then you might live neither too far or too close to your family in future!


What?


Yes, this is quite absurd but in some parts of China, we do have a small superstition about using chopsticks.


If you hold your chopsticks far from the end when you eat, it means you might be somewhere far away.


If you hold your chopsticks close to the small end when you eat, it means you are likely to live somewhere quite close.



4. 本命年穿红色 (běn mìng nián chuān hóng sè)

Wear red in your natal year


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Superstition or cultural tradition? Whatever you say! But this is exactly true... at least I did it myself during 春节 when it was my natal year!


This is because Chinese people believe we might have bad luck in our natal year, so we need to wear red color to ward off evil spirits.


PS: (in case you do not understand what's natal year本命年). A natal year is a year that has the same zodiac属相 as your birth year.



5. 踩井盖会倒霉?(cǎi jǐng gài huì dǎo méi?)

Stepping on a sewage cover means bad luck?


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Actually this makes a bit sense. Just imagine if you step on a sewage cover and it happens to be loose, you will fall under and it would be really bad luck!



6. 屋里打伞长不高?(wū lǐ dǎ sǎn zhǎng bù gāo?)
Do not use an umbrella indoors because you might stop growing?


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But I mean, would any sane people actually use umbrellas while staying in door?


What do you say?


Today we talk about quite a few of our superstitions, do you guys have any superstitions that you have no idea why? Share with us!


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